|Stamp Title:||Fruits (1)|
|Value in Set：||4|
|Date of Issue:||2014-11-15|
|Size of Stamp:||33 x 33 mm|
|Perforation:||13.5 x 13|
|Printer:||Henan Post & Telecommunication Printing Works|
Fruits have won people’s love because of their taste, nutrition, juiciness and colours. Thus they have taken on rich auspicious cultural meanings. The apple is sweet in flavour and rich in nutrition. Its earliest record can be found in Ode to Shanglin by Sima Xiangru of the Western Han Dynasty. Because the ping in pingguo, Chinese name for “apple”, is homophonous to the ping in ping’an, Chinese phrase for “peace”, it has taken on the beautiful symbolic meaning of peace. The peach, which originated in China, features beautiful colours, tender pulp, juiciness, sweetness and aromatic smell. Legend has it that the Queen of Heaven has a Peach Orchard which produces peaches that make whoever eat them immortal; and that she treats immortals to peaches on her birthday. Hence in traditional Chinese culture, the peach also symbolises longevity.The pomegranate, bright-coloured with lovely translucent seeds, originated in what is now Iran and Central Asia and was introduced to China in the Han Dynasty. Because it has many seeds (the Chinese character for “seed” is homophonous to that for “child”), it has embodied the wish for many children. The kumquat, which originated in China, features small size and fat flesh, beautiful shape and bright colour; though not very juicy, it is sweet in taste and aromatic in smell. Because the character for “kumquat” is similar in pronunciation to that for “lucky”, it has taken on auspicious meaning. Its golden colour has been associated with gold and wealth.
China National Philatelic Corporation will issue two FDCs and a commemorative cancellation respectively.